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  • Fire calls change with the weather

    Cooler fall weather seems to have tamed the number of calls received by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for the week of Oct. 6-12, which dropped to a more normal …


  • Investigators baffled by recent rash of flag burnings

    There’s a new crime spree in Spokane Valley: someone is setting American flags on fire. Three flags hanging on homes located within a few blocks of one another were found …


  • Juvenile detained for overnight arsons

    A juvenile faces arson and theft charges for allegedly setting fires in Spokane Valley and stealing a bicycle.


  • Burning beehive a bad idea

    A Spokane Valley homeowner learned this week that bees and gasoline don’t mix. Spokane Valley Fire Department crews were called to the 18500 block of East Mission Avenue at 2:18 …


  • Fire rigs exceed load limit on bridge

    The weight restrictions on the southbound Sullivan Road Bridge over the Spokane River are impacting more than local businesses. The Spokane Valley Fire Department has two ladder trucks that are …


  • Grafos, fire commission discuss response delays

    The Spokane Valley Fire commissioners reconvened their meeting Monday afternoon when Spokane Valley City Councilman Dean Grafos asked for an “informal” discussion with the commissioners after they announced they would …


  • 42 firefighters battle blast, fire at medical building

    There was a dramatic increase in arson in the Spokane Valley area the week of Sept. 15-Wednesday and Spokane Valley firefighters also battled a large fire in a medical office …


  • Fire, explosion damage pegged at $3 million

    A fire and explosion Monday that blew glass out of the windows and charred parts of a Spokane Valley office building caused an estimated $3 million in damage. Assistant Fire …


  • Blast closes medical building

    A fire and explosion at a Spokane Valley dental office Monday sent glass and debris flying across a parking lot and apparently dislodged a large chunk of concrete from one …


  • Tips sought after flag set on fire

    The Spokane Valley Fire Department is looking for information on a person who tried to set fire to an American flag Monday night at American Behavioral Health, 12715 E. Mission …


  • Fallen World Trade Center piece becomes Spokane fixture

    Hoisting up some of the very metal that fell in lower Manhattan 10 years ago and reading out the names of some of those who died when the World Trade …


  • Quiet week for Valley Fire

    Spokane Valley Fire Department crews had a quiet week from Sept. 1 to 7 after several weeks in a row of higher-than-normal call numbers. A more normal 218 calls were …


  • Man goes to station to report house fire

    A bunch of fires kept Spokane Valley Fire Department crews busy during the week ending Aug. 31, resulting in another week of an unusually high number of calls. A homeowner …


  • Team effort earns recognition

    The Spokane Valley Fire Department learned last week that it is now one of 144 departments around the world that have earned international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation …


  • In brief: One child killed, one injured when SUV slips into lake

    One child died and another was in critical condition late Sunday after the vehicle they were riding in slid into Fernan Lake. Coeur d’Alene firefighters pulled both children from its …


  • Spokane Valley fire burns out two residents

    Two Spokane Valley residents were burned out of their home overnight on Saturday in a fire that started in a basement bedroom.


  • Fires, intoxicated rivergoer keep crews occupied

    A long list of brush fires and suspicious fires topped the week of Aug. 18-24 for crews with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. “We don’t know how they started,” said …


  • Awareness of burn ban absent

    The week of Aug. 11-17 might have been a quiet one for the Spokane Valley Fire Department if it wasn’t for all the people determined to burn what they shouldn’t …


  • Valley Fire budget in good shape

    The 2012 budget outlook for the Spokane Valley Fire Department appears healthy after fire commissioners spent time this week discussing property tax collections and a wish list of special items. …


  • Fire Station 5 holding open house on renaming

    The Spokane Valley Fire Department is planning another open house today, this one at Station 5, 15510 E. Marietta Ave. The department is on a campaign to rename all its …


  • Spokane Valley fire response time unresolved

    Despite comments made at recent Spokane Valley City Council meetings, the issue of delayed response times from Spokane Valley Fire Department Station 1 is not new and has not been …


  • Firefighters help man get to wedding

    He made it to the wedding on time. A man on his way to a wedding was running to catch a bus on East Sprague Avenue by Costco last week …


  • Trade Center beam dedication planned at Valley fire department

    Wording has been selected for the plaque that will be installed next to a steel beam from the World Trade Center towers in the new Spokane Valley Fire Department administration …


  • Boy accidentally sets backyard on fire

    Crews with the Spokane Valley Fire Department didn’t have any large or serious fires to deal with the week of July 28 to Aug. 3, but the ones they did …


  • Prepared for the worst, he’s in with the best

    Larry Rider, deputy chief of Spokane Valley Fire Department, has lived his entire life within five miles of his fire-station office at 10319 E. Sprague Ave. Rider, 54, has worked …


  • Fourth suspect sought in arson case

    Three people are in custody in connection with a recent arson fire in the 4400 block of East 15th Avenue in Spokane Valley and a fourth person, Aleksander N. Shingarey, …


  • Man wanted for Spokane Valley arson fire

    Three people have been arrested in connection with a recent arson fire in the 4400 block of East 15th in Spokane Valley and fourth person, Aleksander N. Shingarey, 23, is …


  • Fire department lends a hand in Spokane

    Spokane Valley Fire Department crews spent a lot of time this week responding to calls for help from other jurisdictions. The department’s swift water rescue team helped recover a body …


  • EMS calls keep crews busy during slow week

    Spokane Valley Fire Department crews responded to about 40 more calls than usual during the week of July 14-20, but there were no major fires among the 241 calls. Instead …


  • Worrisome gas leak and what experts advise

    Thanks to years of public service announcements, most people know that if you smell natural gas inside your home you are supposed to leave without turning anything on or off. …

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